Archive for October, 2016

The Most Inclusive State Visit

Monday, October 31st, 2016
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines during his state visit in China.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines during his state visit in China.

Last week, I joined the delegation of President Rodrigo Duterte on his state visit to China. It was the largest Filipino contingent in history with more than 500 business delegates and government officials.

I can say that this is a very inclusive state visit. For many state visits before, you will have to apply then if you’re lucky, you will be selected. Here, you state if you want to go then you will just have to pay your own fare and hotel. The Department of Trade and Industry did a very good job managing all the delegates, given the very strict security.

It was successful as we have developed our relationship with China and brought home billions worth of investments and partnerships.

President Duterte’s son-in-law Manases Carpio, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, and Frederick Go of Robinson’s Land Corporation.

President Duterte’s son-in-law Manases Carpio, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, and Frederick Go of Robinson’s Land Corporation.

Edgar “Injap” Sia II of Injap Investments Inc., Tony Tan Caktiong of Jollibee Foods Corporation, Myla Villanueva of Novare Technologies, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

Edgar “Injap” Sia II of Injap Investments Inc., Tony Tan Caktiong of Jollibee Foods Corporation, Myla Villanueva of Novare Technologies, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

PA Joey Concepcion, DTI Usec. Nora Terrado, Rosalind Wee of W Group, George Barcelon of PCCI.

PA Joey Concepcion, DTI Usec. Nora Terrado, Rosalind Wee of W Group, George Barcelon of PCCI.

Rosalind Wee of W Group, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation and Fernando Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation.

Rosalind Wee of W Group, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation and Fernando Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation.

 Johnlu Koa of French Baker, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Marissa Concepcion, PA Joey Concepcion, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech Corporation.

Johnlu Koa of French Baker, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Marissa Concepcion, PA Joey Concepcion, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech Corporation.

Cong. Arthur Yap, PA Joey Concepcion, and Andrew Tan of Alliance Global Group, Inc.

Cong. Arthur Yap, PA Joey Concepcion, and Andrew Tan of Alliance Global Group, Inc.

Chito Sobrepena of Metrobank Corporation, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, Rosalind Wee and Lee Hiong Wee of W Group.

Chito Sobrepena of Metrobank Corporation, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, Rosalind Wee and Lee Hiong Wee of W Group.

 Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez.

Cong. Arthur Yap, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

Cong. Arthur Yap, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

Johnlu Koa of French Baker, PA Joey Concepcion, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Alou Koa, and Tennyson Chen of Bounty Fresh Foods Inc.

Johnlu Koa of French Baker, PA Joey Concepcion, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Alou Koa, and Tennyson Chen of Bounty Fresh Foods Inc.

Amb. Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corp. and Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Amb. Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corp. and Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and Hans Sy of SM Prime Holdings Inc.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and Hans Sy of SM Prime Holdings Inc.

Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Domingu ez III and Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

Moses

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President George Barcelon with Headstart host Karen Davila.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President George Barcelon with Headstart host Karen Davila.

Karen Davila, a good friend and a long time Go Negosyo supporter and host invited me to her show, Headstart in ANC. It was my first time to be a guest of her show as I told her that the show is just so early. But since I am working part time for the government now, it has pushed me to waking up very early lately. Let me share with you her questions and my answers about the China state visit and the President’s pronouncements on the separation from the USA.

KAREN: Joey, this is not the first time that you’re a Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship. You’ve also been active in other administrations. Would you consider this (Duterte’s China Trip) as a big achievement? I mean you’ve seen other presidents visit China in the past.

JOEY: Well, as we all know, the China issue has been a very conscientious issue. With them building an airstrip on the outer south. It’s very conscientious in the sense that Filipinos and Americans back then were trying to rethink of the strategy. I felt that this visit of the President adopted a different strategy.

KAREN: Okay. What was the strategy?

JOEY: Which is basically to do it the Filipino way. Since our relationship with our American partners has gone a long way, maybe the approach should be different because the Chinese will not take it in that old matter. President Duterte, what he meant by changing policy, was to allow the Filipinos to find the right solution. We definitely can’t afford a war. Nobody can afford a war. We’re a piece of land out there. Whether we won the case or not, the most important is that we have a win-win solution. The first step is building the relationship.

KAREN: When you said that President Duterte adopted a Filipino strategy, I find that quite interesting. What made you say that it was specifically a Filipino strategy?

JOEY: Filipinos are very friendly. You don’t take a big alliance when you’re trying to improve relationships with other countries. I mean, what will the Chinese say? “Are you really serious in building a relationship with us?” In this strategy, I think it’s the right approach. The Chinese really welcomed the President this time. There is a lot of goodwill that was built here. I think the rebuilding of trust is very important on both sides. And that trust starts with changing the way we do things.

KAREN: So, you agree with his suspension of the joint military exercises in the South China Sea?

JOEY: If it will lead to peace and greater cooperation and mutual trust between China and the Philippines, yes. I mean if we get bombed, the worse thing that’s going to happen is war and we are going to get hurt. Every Filipino will pack up their bags and go somewhere else. We really have to find a practical solution to this.

KAREN: What about Chinese business coming to the Philippines?

JOEY: Agriculture would be a big beneficiary. The Chinese are very good at that. We import more than we export to them. I think that when we have investors—there are a lot of Filipino-Chinese in this country, big business is controlled by Filipino-Chinese. So the synergy is there. If you have the relationship improving, there will be more partnerships that will happen. For example of Injap Sia, he’s doubling the number of rooms that he’s building.

Also, I heard that Zesto is putting out, Fred Yao has a joint venture with the Chinese for a power plant.  Infrastructure, railways—all of that will come. It’s going to be really exciting if you really maintain everything. How can you maintain a business relationship if there is no trust between both parties? It has to start with both countries. The government must trust each other. That filters down to the entrepreneurs. Many micro and small entrepreneurs will definitely benefit from this. If tourism booms, then that caters to a lot. This is what we want to see: great relationship with China.

KAREN: Do you believe that while it may not be the method that many people except, there is a stroke of genius in what President Duterte is doing? I think that we have to be honest, that in the last six years, our relationship with China has suffered even more. I mean, you had an administration that was essentially at the Hague. It took sometime before we even had an ambassador to China. You’re talking about intentionally or non-intentionally, it suffered. Do you think that in a way, it’s almost very quick how Duterte’s doing it? He’s swift. He’s not even doing it slowly.

JOEY: Yes. Let’s put it this way; the president has a different style of managing. That’s what you call gut feel. Look at his approach at solving the drug problem. You know some leaders will go through surveys and all these stuff. He’s just doing it. I think that his experience running Davao for almost 20 years, he has a better feel of how things should be approached. But having said that, I don’t think that we should alienate America. America, we owe a lot as well. They saved us during the Japanese war. There are many things that they have done. You can see all the franchising concepts that has come to the Philippines that has proved that entrepreneurship is there. The BPO is dominated by Americans. They outsource their jobs at the expense of Americans there… America is a long time partner.

KAREN: And our only mutual defense treaty ally.

JOEY: That’s right. But, in the end, we’re just hoping that America allows us to grow up. Our country achieving an investment grade status shows the we are a big boy now. We should be able to make our own judgement on certain issues such as the China case.

KAREN: Joey, do you agree, I think Richard Heydarian said this in an interview last week, China also has a lot to prove. Because their foreign policy in SEA has no major success. I mean, you have the problem with Korea and this Indonesian issue, you have other countries that are claimant countries also with the South China Sea dispute. So, it is to our edge in a way that they need to prove something?

JOEY: It’s hard to say. It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen in the partnership with the Filipino partners in Manila. I think that we increase the chances of success. Now, these are very important infrastructure project and I think that the Chinese realizes that. We are coming from a relationship angle that we are going to fix. They’re not going to screw up and start all of these things in a wrong way.

KAREN: That’s a good thing too. That they’re pressured not to screw things up.

JOEY: Look at their superb highways, their airport is great, they have done it. So they can just implement it here. Selecting the right partner is critical. A partner that is reliable. And if you look at a couple of relationships here already. They’re still doing pretty well.

KAREN: So, you’re really, you’re sensing Joey, that many Filipinos can see that China really pulled out the carpet for the President.

JOEY: The Filipinos were really impressed. The largest Filipino contingent in history. 508 business went on a state visit. Nowhere did that ever happen.

KAREN: I wanted to ask you. How does that happen? Does the business men have to be accredited? Did they make you choose?

JOEY: It was a very inclusive state visit. You are selected. Here, you state if you want to go and you pay your fare and your hotel. Imagine, DTI did a very good job managing 508 people, given the very strict security. I wanted to point out something about the president. George Barcelon saw that. He was very patient in taking photos with all 600 Filipinos there. Took us about 30 to 40 minutes. I noticed that his son, Paolo, and his son in law, also patiently waiting in line when they want to see the president, their father and their father-in-law, they went and made mano. To me, you can see that they are very simple family with a lot of respect for their parent. They come out very ordinary with no fanfare. He’s very simple.

KAREN: Do you think it’s part of the drama? To stress the point?

JOEY: Let’s think about it this way. The Philippines will not be talked about all over the world (if without President Duterte). We’re taken a little bit more seriously. He just wants to drive a point and let us do it our way this time. It might work.

KAREN:  I’ve been up close with the president and I find it interesting how he doesn’t seem to care about the consequences of what he says. If he’s serious. I mean many leaders can be courageous and brave but before they say something they would have to measure it for the effect, the consequences of that.  I mean, he seems to me like a guy that “It’s okay today and it doesn’t matter if I lose it tomorrow.” I think is right. Where is that coming from?

JOEY: If you look at it, the president, will always say that it’s his destiny. This is his destiny. The moment he won, he couldn’t believe it. We all believe that there is a God, and he is the chosen leader. Same as Mon Lopez today as DTI secretary. These are all destinies. We need a binder. He’s the Moses. Moses is saying that go and cross the ocean—God wants it.

KAREN: Are you comparing Duterte to Moses?

JOEY: No, I’m just saying that let’s look at it as Moses. People thought Moses was crazy about crossing the Red Sea.

KAREN: You’re not saying that he’s like Moses but…

JOEY: Yes, you know, we are now crossing that sea. And believing that it’s not going to fall on us and hopefully it doesn’t fall on us. So, if that’s his destiny then we have to follow him.

KAREN: I find it quite interesting because you have this new wave of comparing himself to one of the apostles.

JOEY: He’s there for a reason. I’m here for a reason.

KAREN: Both of you will join president Duterte again for Japan. Everything. His first state visit was China but he’s visiting the ASEAN countries first.

JOEY: Yes, we are hosting. He’s the Chairman of the ASEAN, and I’m the chairman of the private sector. It’s good. It will be good. It’s part of the process.

KAREN: What do you expect to meet in Japan?

JOEY: There’s going to be a business conference. They’re still finalizing the details. There will be with the Filipino community. I’m told that there will be no state dinner this time. Basically, I am hoping that it will be a great business meeting. 200 Filipinos, I am told, are visiting and going to attend and another 200 from the Japanese side. There will be a lot of interaction, and business interaction. I think it’s going to be great. I don’t know if the president is going to speak together with the Prime Minister after.

KAREN: What would you like people to focus on when it comes to China?

JOEY: I think given the relationship; it’s a start. We need to give time for the relationship to develop and trust comes with that. And how do you build trust? You build it by doing what you said.  And this needs time with both sides really having to work on it.  From then on, as that relationship improves, who knows, we can have the many joint ventures, even that joint exploration on oil and gas and many things. As business relationship grows this actually forces countries to be at peace as it will have mutual interest in each country.

Partnering for Change, Prosperity for All

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
The ASEAN Business Advisory Council Members with President Rodrigo Duterte, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, and Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion.

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council Members with President Rodrigo Duterte, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, and Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion.

Last week, some members of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council flew in for a meeting in Manila after the successful ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Laos. To welcome our guests, I hosted a dinner for the ASEAN BAC members and some Go Negosyo partners and advocates.

Defense Secretary Jun Yasay, together with his wife, Cecille, joined us. We were also joined by Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, DTI Undersecretary Perry Rodolfo, and Amb. Delia Albert.

During the dinner, together with Tessie Sy-Coson, Jay Yuvallos, and Gil Gonzales, we were able to welcome our ASEAN counterparts and make them experience the Filipino hospitality. Next year, most of the ASEAN BAC meetings will be held in different provinces in the country because the government is preventing the traffic and delays the public experienced last year when we hosted APEC.

In a short message, DFA Secretary Jun Yasay assured that the Philippine government is doing all efforts to encourage harmonious relationships not only in the ASEAN region but also in different parts of the world. He supports the ASEAN’s centrality and solidarity towards prosperity for all.

Oudet Souvannavong, ASEAN BAC Chair for Laos, thanked everyone for the full support they have received as they chaired ASEAN BAC and hosted the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2016. I am impressed on how Laos handled the prestigious ABIS and their term of ASEAN chairmanship. It was the first ASEAN meeting that I have attended as an ASEAN BAC Member.

In the Philippine Business Conference organized by Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by George Barcelon, the official turnover of the ASEAN BAC chairmanship happened. Former chair Oudet Souvannavong personally handed me the ASEAN BAC flag. The ceremony was witnessed by President Rodrigo Duterte who is the chair of ASEAN 2017.

In my speech, I recognized the founders of ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines which included my dad, Jose Concepcion Jr., together with Rose Teodoro and the late Mike Varela.

Oudet has been so kind to mentor me in this new role that I play. It has been a crash course learning and understanding ASEAN.

We look forward to hosting and organizing all the ASEAN BAC meetings here in the country together with the government as the ASEAN host.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, wife Marissa, and daughter Isabella together with DFA Secretary Jun Yasay and wife, Cecille.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, wife Marissa, and daughter Isabella together with DFA Secretary Jun Yasay and wife, Cecille.

The government’s theme for ASEAN’s 50th anniversary is “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”. As for ASEAN BAC, we thought of making ASEAN understandable for the masses and not just for the business sector. We also thought of making everyone part of the vision of prosperity, of inclusive growth.

I believe the theme for the business sector, “Partnering for Change, Prosperity for All”, is very meaningful and important. It should be embraced by our ten ASEAN partners, the entrepreneurs, and the people from each participating nation.

It is very important for each nation to come together and help one another because it cannot just be only two or three countries that are progressing leaving the seven countries behind. It defeats the vision of prosperity for all. As I said, the President’s mission is to bring about change and make many of our micro and small entrepreneurs succeed in life. This will eventually erase the poverty that many of our people still experience.

We are working hand in hand with the government, the Department of Trade and Industry led by Secretary Ramon Lopez, and the business sector and we are committed in solving the greatest problem in the country which is poverty. Given this, it is a chance for us to extend ourselves to those who need mentoring.

I then presented the video of Imelda Basilan, the maruya vendor we met in Davao as we launched Mentor Me. The video featured the part where she is being interviewed by Kuya Rody. According to her, she is lucky to have been selected by the President to be interviewed.

Through the mentorship of micro and small entrepreneurs, we will help them level up in life. And this is the kind of change that we want in the country, to see them move up the ladder.

Change will happen little by little. It is better to take small steps towards achieving our goal. At the end of the day, we need to see prosperity happening in all ten countries – in all its citizens.

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I also joined the delegation of President Rodrigo Duterte in China. This is said to be the largest delegation of businessmen to attend a trade visit. I was told that more than 400 delegates have registered to be part of this trip. I am optimistic that there will be a positive feedback regarding the talks with China. President Duterte believes that talking to China is the right approach because we cannot engage in war. I think that as China enters the Philippine market, there will be an increase in business activity in the country and will benefit most of the medium and large enterprises. Small and micro entrepreneurs will also experience the developments as they supply to the bigger companies and value chain.

I will be sharing with you more of my experiences in our state visit in China in the next column.

Kay Kuya Rody, Angat Lahat!

Monday, October 17th, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte has been named as “Kuya Rody” to micro and small entrepreneurs during the Mentor Me Program launch of Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry in Marco Polo, Davao City last October 7, 2016.

Together with more than 700 micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs and Go Negosyo entrepreneurs and advocates who flew all the way from Manila, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez invited President Duterte to a town hall discussion to discuss the MSME Development plans of his administration.

After the launch, we were glad to have dinner with the president and some entrepreneurs. The president enjoyed the company of the group while chatting, signing autographs, and taking pictures.

We pledge our full support to the president in alleviating poverty in the country.

Imelda Basilan, a maruya vendor in Davao for 15 years, was personally asked by Kuya Rody about her entrepreneurial journey and her needs as a micro entrepreneur.

Imelda Basilan, a maruya vendor in Davao for 15 years, was personally asked by Kuya Rody about her entrepreneurial journey and her needs as a micro entrepreneur.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte warmly accepted the nickname “Kuya Rody”as the Big Brother of the entrepreneurial community.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte warmly accepted the nickname “Kuya Rody”as the Big Brother of the entrepreneurial community.

20 Davao based micro entrepreneurs posed with Kuya Rody flashing the signature “fist sign” with DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion III.

20 Davao based micro entrepreneurs posed with Kuya Rody flashing the signature “fist sign” with DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion III.

Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry partnered during the launch of Mentor ME Program in Marco Polo, Davao City.

Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry partnered during the launch of Mentor ME Program in Marco Polo, Davao City.

Kuya Rody along with some entrepreneurs graced the dinner after the program in Marco Polo.

Kuya Rody along with some entrepreneurs graced the dinner after the program in Marco Polo.

President Duterte, showing his loving side when Kitty Duterte, his 12 year old daughter affectionately asked her dad that they go home together.

President Duterte, showing his loving side when Kitty Duterte, his 12 year old daughter affectionately asked her dad that they go home together.

(L to R) Host RJ Ledesma , Calata Corporation CEO Joseph Calata, and Bounty Fresh CEO Tennyson Chen during the morning forum.

(L to R) Host RJ Ledesma , Calata Corporation CEO Joseph Calata, and Bounty Fresh CEO Tennyson Chen during the morning forum.

SL Agritech CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong (center) talked about successful agripreneurship.

SL Agritech CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong (center) talked about successful agripreneurship.

Bohol 3rd district congressman Arthur Yap spoke about mindset and values for successful agripreneurship.

Bohol 3rd district congressman Arthur Yap spoke about mindset and values for successful agripreneurship.

George Barcelon (PCCI) and Mike Tan (Asia Brewery) discussed about competitive brands.

George Barcelon (PCCI) and Mike Tan (Asia Brewery) discussed about competitive brands.

(L to R) Siu Ping Par (PR Gaz), Tommanny Tan (Fern C), and Ted Po (Century Properties) discuss how to competitively brand products and businesses.

(L to R) Siu Ping Par (PR Gaz), Tommanny Tan (Fern C), and Ted Po (Century Properties) discuss how to competitively brand products and businesses.

Rosalind Wee (W Group) shared her business success and encouraged the people to venture into agri-business during the forum.

Rosalind Wee (W Group) shared her business success and encouraged the people to venture into agri-business during the forum.

Ted Po (Century Properties) shared his business success story during the market trends forum.

Ted Po (Century Properties) shared his business success story during the market trends forum.

Mitch Locsin of PLDT SME Nation discussed some strategies in business marketing.

Mitch Locsin of PLDT SME Nation discussed some strategies in business marketing.

(Left) Santi Araneta (LBC) and Johnlu Koa (French Baker) enthusiastically shared their market strategies among the forum attendees.

(Left) Santi Araneta (LBC) and Johnlu Koa (French Baker) enthusiastically shared their market strategies among the forum attendees.

Steve Benitez of Bo’s Coffee shared his inspirational business story during the forum.

Steve Benitez of Bo’s Coffee shared his inspirational business story during the forum.

Jose Magsaysay of Potato Corner discussed how his business was able to grow locally and internationally.

Jose Magsaysay of Potato Corner discussed how his business was able to grow locally and internationally.

 (L to R) Wilfred Gui (Hayama Inc.), Willam Belo (Wilcon Depot), and Zarah Juan ( Green Life Eco Bags, Inc.) shared their inspirational stories of success.

(L to R) Wilfred Gui (Hayama Inc.), Willam Belo (Wilcon Depot), and Zarah Juan ( Green Life Eco Bags, Inc.) shared their inspirational stories of success.

Baby Montemayor of Villa Margarita Hotel & Catering discussed how her business creativity turned her business into a success.

Baby Montemayor of Villa Margarita Hotel & Catering discussed how her business creativity turned her business into a success.

Alfred Yao (Zest-O Corp) was moved to tears when he shared his inspirational success journey during the forum.

Alfred Yao (Zest-O Corp) was moved to tears when he shared his inspirational success journey during the forum.

(L to R) Philip Romualdez (Benguet Corporation), Steve Benitez (Bo’s Coffee), and Myrna Yao (Rich Prime Global) during the afternoon’s inspirational forum.

(L to R) Philip Romualdez (Benguet Corporation), Steve Benitez (Bo’s Coffee), and Myrna Yao (Rich Prime Global) during the afternoon’s inspirational forum.

DTI Region IX Regional Director Ma. Belenda Ambi delivered her welcome message at the Davao Mentor Me Program Launch in Marco Polo.

DTI Region IX Regional Director Ma. Belenda Ambi delivered her welcome message at the Davao Mentor Me Program Launch in Marco Polo.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion III gave his inspirational speech about Kapatid Angat Lahat Project.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion III gave his inspirational speech about Kapatid Angat Lahat Project.

Myla Villanueva (MDI Group), and Philip Romualdez (Benguet Corporation) shared their stories of creative ideas turned to successful businesses.

Myla Villanueva (MDI Group), and Philip Romualdez (Benguet Corporation) shared their stories of creative ideas turned to successful businesses.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte willingly and warmly accepted the nickname “Kuya Rody”as the big brother of entrepreneurs.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte willingly and warmly accepted the nickname “Kuya Rody”as the big brother of entrepreneurs.

(L to R) Wilfred Gui (Hayama Inc.), Cong. Arthur Yap, Joey Concepcion III, George Barcelon (PCCI), Tennyson Chen (Bounty Fresh), Felix Ang (CATS Motors), Winston Uy (Universal Harvester), William Belo (Wilcon Depot), and Joseph Chua (Macro Asia) after the dinner at Marco Polo.

(L to R) Wilfred Gui (Hayama Inc.), Cong. Arthur Yap, Joey Concepcion III, George Barcelon (PCCI), Tennyson Chen (Bounty Fresh), Felix Ang (CATS Motors), Winston Uy (Universal Harvester), William Belo (Wilcon Depot), and Joseph Chua (Macro Asia) after the dinner at Marco Polo.

Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Development Corp.) and Myrna Yao (Rich Prime Global)

Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Development Corp.) and Myrna Yao (Rich Prime Global)

(L to R) Marissa Concepcion, Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes), Doris Magsaysay – Ho (Magsaysay Maritime Corp.),and Yati Abdullah (DHL Philippines Country Manager).

(L to R) Marissa Concepcion, Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes), Doris Magsaysay – Ho (Magsaysay Maritime Corp.),and Yati Abdullah (DHL Philippines Country Manager).

Meet Kuya Rody!

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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When President Duterte isn’t fighting drugs and corruption, what does he do? Watch this video!

“Kuya Rody” Joins Team KAPATID

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Pres. Duterte Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez with 20 microentreps who will serve as mentees of the Mentor Me program in Davao.

Pres. Duterte Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez with 20 microentreps who will serve as mentees of the Mentor Me program in Davao.

October 7, 2016 – It was a day like no other in Davao City. Mentors started arriving as early as the previous day. Mentees excitedly registered at the Marco Polo Davao for the launch of Go Negosyo and DTI’s Mentor Me Program.

The event started with a beautifully-written invocation followed by a welcome message from DTI Region 11 Regional Director Ma. Belenda Q. Ambi. Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion then delivered an inspiring speech on how mentorship can help someone become a successful entrepreneur.

At the first forum, Joseph Calata (Chairman And CEO of Calata Corporation), Tennyson Chen (President of Bounty Fresh Foods Inc.), Henry Lim Bon Liong (Chairman And CEO of SL Agritech), Rosalind Wee (Founder of W Group), Cong. Arthur Yap from the 3rd District Of Bohol and Justin Uy (President of Profood International) shared their Agribusiness stories.

The second forum was just as inspirational as panellists George Barcelon of PCCI, Mike Tan of Asia Brewery, Santi Araneta of LBC Express, Johnlu Koa of The French Baker, Siu Ping Par of PR Gaz, Tommanny Tan of FERN, Inc., Ted Po of Century Pacific, Inc., and Mitch Locsin of PLDT SME Nation shared their knowledge as well as their inspirational stories on Marketing and Marketing Trends.

The last forum was definitely not the least: it’s about entrepreneurial stories of how creative ideas turned to successful businesses. The panellists were Alfredo Yao of Zesto Corporation, Myla Villanueva of MDI Group, Philip Romualdez of Benguet Corporation, Steve Benitez of Bo’s Coffee, Myrna Yao of Richprime Global, Mary Anne Montemayor of Villa Margarita Hotel & Catering, Jose Magsaysay of Potato Corner, Wilfred Gui of Hayama Industrial Corporation, William Belo of Wilcon Depot, and Zarah Juan of Green Life Eco Bags, Inc.


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But wait, there’s more! Since the Mentor Me program is under the KAPATID initiative and KAPATID is all about big brothers helping out small brothers towards inclusive growth, the highlight of the event was the introduction of our newest Kuya: none other than President Rodrigo “Kuya Rody” Duterte!

After delivering his speech, Kuya Rody together with DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and PA Joey Concepcion awarded the checks from SB Corp to the chosen beneficiaries. These checks amounting to more than P2,000,000 were given to entrepreneurs to help them scale up their respective businesses.

It was indeed an honor for both Go Negosyo and DTI to have the president support our humble initiative. But we wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t for the help of our big brothers who came all the way from Manila to mentor our small brothers. It is not very often that we see these big entrepreneurs — presidents of their own companies — gathered in one place, all in the name of helping others.

Go Negosyo and DTI would like to thank every single one of the attendees of this event: from the microentrepreneurs to the president. Through this event we get to realize that regardless of our background, social status and position in life, we can all come together and be a KAPATID to one other.